Facebook password changed? Malware attack poses as message from Facebook support

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Repeat after me: It’s “Facebook”, not “FaceBook”.

Learn that lesson and it can be one of the tricks you can use to protect yourself against a spammed-out malware campaign, which tries to trick you into believing that Facebook support has changed your password.

Computer users are receiving emails claiming that the popular social network has automatically changed their password to secure their account.

Here’s a typical message:

Dear user of FaceBook.

Your password is not safe!
To secure your account the password has been changed automatically.

Attached document contains a new password to your account and detailed information about new security measures.

Thank you for attention,
Administration of Facebook.

Your alarm bells should be ringing instantly when you receive this message for a number of reason, not least that it can’t decide if it’s “Facebook” or “FaceBook”, but also because why would…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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